Did you know you can connect a wireless mouse and keyboard to your smart TV? It’s true!
This is a great option if you hate typing with the remote’s buttons or voice control, which can sometimes be inaccurate. Typing will also make communicating with your friends and coworkers much easier if you like taking Zoom calls and chatting on your TV.
Using a mouse also allows you to have more control of your smart TV’s cursor and use your TV like a big monitor.
There are two ways you can connect a wireless mouse and keyboard to a smart TV: USB-RF and Bluetooth.
Let’s learn how to do both and each method’s pros and cons!
- Quick Guide for Connecting your Wireless Mouse and Keyboard to a Smart TV
- 1. USB-RF
- 2. Bluetooth
Quick Guide for Connecting your Wireless Mouse and Keyboard to a Smart TV
The first way to connect a wireless mouse and keyboard to a smart TV is by using USB-RF. This method of connectivity uses a USB dongle (which looks like a small flash drive) to wirelessly connect the keyboard and mouse via radio frequency.
Let’s learn how!
Step 1: Turn on the Keyboard and Mouse
First, you must turn on the keyboard and mouse. The keyboard’s “on” button is commonly found in the top right corner of the keyboard.
Turn on the mouse by flicking the power switch found on the bottom “on”.
The device’s LED indicator light should light up, signaling it’s powered on and ready to connect to your smart TV.
Step 2: Plug the USB Dongle Into the TV
Find the keyboard and mouse’s USB dongle.
Plug the dongle into your TV’s USB port, ensuring it’s firmly in place.
Some keyboards and mice have separate dongles, one for each device. The WisFox Wireless Keyboard and HP Wireless Mouse X3000 G2 are great options if you’re looking to purchase a wireless keyboard and mouse separately.
Others, like the Logitech MK235 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo , have one dongle that connects both devices to your TV. This is a great option if your TV only has one USB port, or you’re using the other USB ports for other devices.
If you already have a keyboard and mouse set with two dongles, but have found your TV only has one USB port, consider using a USB splitter, like the ANDTOBO USB 2.0 Male to 2 Dual USB Female Jack Y Splitter .
Step 3: Check that Everything is Working Correctly
Once you’ve successfully connected your keyboard and mouse to your smart TV, you must check that everything is working correctly.
Some keyboards will allow you to change your smart TV’s volume, which is great if you’ve lost your TV’s original remote. You should also ensure that you can type using the keyboard’s buttons and that the TV is accurately displaying the letters typed.
Check out the video below demonstrating how to connect a wireless USB-RF keyboard and mouse to your smart TV following the steps above.
Pros & Cons
Let’s go over a few pros and cons of using a wireless USB-RF keyboard and mouse for your smart TV.
- USB-RF keyboards have a very low latency/input lag. This is great if you enjoy using your keyboard and mouse for gaming and want a smooth typing experience overall.
- Setting up a wireless keyboard and mouse is extremely fast and easy, as all you need to do is plug the dongle into your TV.
- Not every smart TV will have a USB port or the port may already be in use for another device. So you must ensure your smart TV has at least one available USB port before considering this option.
- Dongles are very compact, which allows them to fit behind your TV even if it’s mounted to the wall. Unfortunately, this also means they’re relatively easy to lose or misplace, and you may need to purchase a compatible replacement.
The next way you can connect your wireless keyboard and mouse to your TV is via Bluetooth.
This method uses your smart TV’s built-in Bluetooth, so make sure your TV supports Bluetooth before trying to connect a keyboard and mouse following the steps below.
Step 1: Activate Your Smart TV’s Bluetooth Settings
First, you must activate your smart TV’s Bluetooth settings, allowing it to search for and connect to Bluetooth devices.
You will need your smart TV remote to do this, so ensure it’s working.
Note that your smart TV’s settings may be labeled slightly differently or require you to follow varied instructions, so refer to your user manual if you’re having trouble finding your TV’s Bluetooth settings.
Go to your TV’s Settings, then click on General. Click External Device Manager, then Input Device Manager. Click on Bluetooth Device List.
You should now see the option to connect your smart TV to a Bluetooth device on-screen.
Step 2: Turn On Your Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
Now you must turn on your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and activate pairing mode. This will make your device discoverable by your smart TV, allowing them to connect to it.
Press your device’s power button, or flip the power switch to “on”. Bluetooth keyboards tend to have a power button on the top-right corner of the board, while mice’s power button is usually found on the bottom.
Next, you’ll need to activate your device’s pairing mode. Some Bluetooth devices will automatically activate pairing mode once turned on. Other Bluetooth devices will have a pairing button, marked by the Bluetooth symbol.
If you’re having trouble locating your keyboard or mouse’s pairing button, consult its manual.
The keyboard and mouse’s LED indicator light should turn on or flash to notify you that pairing mode has been enabled.
Step 3: Pair Your Keyboard and Mouse to the Smart TV
Now that your smart TV, and Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are ready to pair, you can connect them.
In your smart TV’s Bluetooth settings, select your keyboard and mouse’s names from the list.
If you don’t see the devices’ names on-screen, exit then reopen your smart TV’s Bluetooth settings and make sure your keyboard and mouse are in pairing mode.
Once connected, you’re ready to control your TV. No cables or dongles needed!
Step 4: Ensure Everything is Working Properly
Many Bluetooth keyboards allow you to change your TV’s volume, so check that function is working properly.
Some users have reported their Bluetooth mouse not working for certain apps, like Netflix. If this is the case for your mouse, use the keyboard’s arrow and Enter buttons to navigate the app instead.
If you encounter any problems, make sure your Bluetooth device is still connected to your TV since Bluetooth connections can sometimes randomly disconnect. You may also want to check that your keyboard and mouse are charged.
Watch the video below to learn how to connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your smart TV.
Pros & Cons
Let’s learn about the pros and cons of connecting a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your smart TV.
- Since Bluetooth keyboards and mice use your smart TV’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities, you don’t need to worry about using (or losing!) any additional hardware.
- Your smart TV doesn’t need specific ports to connect to Bluetooth devices, allowing you to use them with any smart TV that supports Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth keyboards and mice tend to have a higher latency/input lag in comparison to USB-RF devices. This can make gaming a little difficult as the devices will have a slower response time.
- Navigating your TV’s settings can be challenging, so initially pairing your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your TV could be slightly time-consuming and require some trial and error.
- Bluetooth connections may sometimes disconnect, requiring you to repair your devices.
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.